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Panel Discussion on Universal Access to Vaccines


22 March 2022


49th Regular Session of Human Rights Council


Panel discussion on ensuring equitable, affordable, timely and universal access for all countries to vaccines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic


This panel discussion will focus on the human rights implications of the lack of affordable, timely, equitable and universal access and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and the deepening inequalities between States. It will examine obstacles to universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, and promising practices and effective strategies adopted by States and other stakeholders in addressing them as well as the challenges of growing inequalities and divergent recoveries from the pandemic.

The panel discussion will provide opportunities for dialogue and sharing commitment for actions by States, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to ensure affordable, timely, equitable and universal access vaccines in the context of pandemics.

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Chair: H.E. Mr. Federico Villegas, President of the Human Rights Council

Opening statements:




  • Spain
  • Norway
  • Malaysia
  • Guyana
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Ecuador
  • Brazil
  • European Union
  • NAM
  • OIC
  • Azerbaijan
  • Fiji
  • High Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation
  • Associazione Comunita Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • EMERGENCY - Life Support for Civilian War Victims
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Bangladesh
  • Germany
  • Senegal
  • Belgium
  • Ethiopia
  • Japan
  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Indonesia
  • Cambodia
  • Morocco
  • Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) Asociación Civil
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation
  • Caritas Internationalis (International Confederation of Catholic Charities)